A Tale Of Two Cities Needlepoint Tour of London & Paris – Moved to October 2021


NEW DATES: October 17th – 30th, 2021

Jeremy and Elizabeth have rescheduled the Tale of Two Cities tour to OCTOBER 2021, in response to Covid-19. Jeremy has worked up a new itinerary with some options to extend your stay and go onto Scotland if you wish. Please check back for updates.

If you have already signed up for one tour and would like to add the extension, please email Elizabeth at editor@needlepointnow.com.

Single occupancy room: $9,100
Double occupancy room: $8,500

A deposit of $3,000 USD is due on sign-up and then you will be invoiced for the remaining payments.
The final payment will be due July 15, 2021.

Off The Beaten Path Add-On Week:
Single occupancy room: $3,500
Double occupancy room: $3,250
Total for all three weeks:
Single occupancy room: $12,600
Double occupancy room: $11,750

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Off The Beaten Path and Tale of Two Cities Tours.

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All dates are tentative and may change as Covid-19 developments occur.

SUNDAY, October 17, 2021
Arrive at the Hilton Garden Inn Terminal 2 London Heathrow by 5pm. Welcome drinks in the Sky Bar which has amazing views of the airport runways. Dinner at the hotel.
(Please note: You can transfer from any arrival terminal at Heathrow directly into the hotel. Passengers arriving at Terminals 2 and 3 can walk to the hotel with ease as the Hilton Garden Inn is in the Airport Central Area. Passengers arriving at Terminals 4 & 5 can take the shuttle bus to Terminal 2.  Jeremy will already be at the hotel and will be there to welcome you. If you plan to arrive the day before, Jeremy can arrange an extra nights accommodation for you and plan something for you to do before the official tour starts at 5pm.)

MONDAY, October 18, 2021
After breakfast, we will be collected by our luxury bus and drive to the Channel Tunnel. (approx 1.5 hours) . On arrival in France, we will continue to Paris and check-in at the Novotel Hotel for 3 nights. Dinner at the Hotel.

TUESDAY, October 19, 2021
Today we will have a full day’s sightseeing in Paris. We will have a great view of the major sights and later on, we will confirm which places of interest we will visit, but it will include the Cluny Tapestries with the famous Lady and the Unicorn. Dinner at the Hotel.

WEDNESDAY, October 20, 2021
This morning we will return to the Centre of Paris to visit more sites and visit the world-famous Galleries Lafayette. In the afternoon we will take an organized tour with our private guide to some of the famous haberdasheries and take a late afternoon class. Dinner in the City, in a traditional Parisian Brasserie.

THURSDAY, October 21, 2021
This morning we will check out of the hotel and visit the Palace of Versailles, and afterward, we will drive southwest to the Loire Valley and visit the Royal Chateau de Chambord. Afterward to Chenonceaux to check in to the Auberge du Bon Laboureur for 2 nights. Dinner at the Hotel.

FRIDAY, October 22, 2021
Today we walk from the hotel to the amazing Chateau de Chenonceaux, spanning the River Cher.  Today will be a relaxing day where there will be time to stitch and perhaps a ride out to the pretty town of Amboise on the river Loire, where we can wander its ancient streets with its traditional shops. Dinner at the Hotel.

SATURDAY, October 23, 2021
After our breakfast, we will set off north to Caen in Brittany and take the Ferry to Portsmouth back in the U.K. This afternoon will be a great chance for a stitching class followed by dinner in a first-class restaurant. When we arrive back in the UK, we will transit to the Mitre Hotel at Hampton Court.

SUNDAY, October 24, 2021
Today we will have a morning of leisure. You will have the opportunity to visit the Palace and the Royal School of Needlework shop. Dinner at the Hotel (Please note: The Mitre Hotel has been completely refurbished and has a delightful new Brasserie.)

NOTE: New guests will join us today as we have combined the second week of this Tour with the first week of our Off the Beaten Path Tour.

MONDAY, October 25, 2021
After breakfast, we will take a full day’s tour of the sights of London in our coach and will visit the Tower of London and the Crown Jewels. There will also be time for shopping in the legendary department store Liberty. Dinner at Mezzet Restaurant at Hampton Court, which is always great fun.

TUESDAY, October 26, 2021
We will be collected by our luxury Bus and will visit Knole House in the County of Kent, followed by a tour of Sissinghurst Castle Gardens. Then onwards to the seaside town of Eastbourne and check into the famous Grand Hotel for three nights. (Elizabeth’s favorite Hotel!). Dinner at the Hotel.

WEDNESDAY, October 27, 2021
Today will be an easy day and Elizabeth will hold a class for our ongoing tour needlepoint projects. We will have a light afternoon tea and there will be time for leisure in this classic English seaside town. Dinner at the Hotel.

THURSDAY, October 28, 2021
After breakfast, we will drive to the small city of Canterbury to visit the Cathedral which is a World Heritage Site and the oldest and most important Christian structure in the U.K. There will be time to meander around the medieval lanes,  and we will make a visit to a craft and needlework store. Dinner at the Hotel in Eastbourne.

FRIDAY, October 29, 2021
Today we will leave Eastbourne and drive to South East London to see Red House, the iconic home of William and Jane Morris and the center of the Pre-Raphaelite Circle. William Morris’s artistic contribution has made a huge impact on needlepoint up to the present day.  After our visit, we will proceed to a Hotel near London Heathrow. Dinner at the Hotel.

SATURDAY, October 30, 2021
Transfer to London Heathrow for our guests on the Tale of Two Cities Tour to depart to the USA. The tour will continue as Off the Beaten Path.


Our tour will then continue to Scotland. If you wish to extend your trip and continue with us for another week, please let Elizabeth or Jeremy know. The tour will end on November 6, 2021.

We will add more content as soon as we can. If you have more questions or wish to book extra nights please email Jeremy: hamiltonco@btconnect.com

We would like to thank you for rescheduling your dates for the Tour. These are very tough times for all of us and we really appreciate your patience.

Jeremy and Elizabeth


Price includes all meals apart from lunch. We normally have a big breakfast and then dinner around 7pm. So a sandwich or scone is normally enough when we take a break.

Price also includes all our Needlepoint/Stitching Projects and Airport to Hotel Transfers.
All you need is shopping money!

Price does not include airfare, or alcoholic beverages – drinks must be charged to your room account.

We normally run our Tour with a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 24.

More content and details to be added.

Please contact Jeremy (hamiltonco@btconnect.com) or Elizabeth (editor@needlepointnow.com) for more information or special requests and requirements.